MOBILE TIMES

My casual blog about mobiles

How to add / download maps to Nokia Maps ( Map Loader ) ? June 25, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — mobiletimes @ 4:47 pm

There are mainly 3 ways of doing it.

The 1st 2 ways require the use of Nokia MapLoader PC software

1 – through card reader
2 – through USB cable

The 3rd way requires the phone to have a data (gpRs / 3G ) connection.

3 – Over the Air

Way 1: Through card reader

** To go by this method, you must run the phone version on Maps software once. This will create the necessary folder structure on the memory card **

1. Download and install Nokia MapLoader PC software

2. Take the memory card out of your mobile device and insert it into a card reader connected to your computer.

3. Run Nokia MapLoader, choose country and download the map.

4. Put the memory card back in the phone, start Maps software, and you are DONE!

Way 2: Through USB Cable

** To go by this method, you must run the phone version on Maps software once. This will create the necessary folder structure on the memory card **

1. Download and install Nokia MapLoader PC software

 

2. Using USB cable, connect your phone in “Mass Storage mode” – which basically means that PC gets direct access to phone memory card.

3. Run Nokia MapLoader, choose country and download the map.

4. Disconnect the phone, start Maps software, and you are DONE!

 

Way 3: Over the Air (OTA)

 

** The phone must have a data plan **

** Make sure that “Network Settings” for “Map software” have “Use Network”=”When Needed” **

1. Start Map Software on Phone.

 

2. Zoom in ( * key ) to the required area, the right top corner connection icon will start blinking to download data.

 

3. Wait for the map to get downloaded.

 

4. DONE!

 

 

Nokia Maploader: Indian mobile maps (Mumbai, Pune, Chennai) review June 18, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — mobiletimes @ 10:13 am

As promised, I am back with a review of Nokia Maploader, now covering Indian maps.

Before starting with actual maps, few words about the basic maps software:

The maps load pretty fast. If the map of an area is not installed on the phone, then it is automatically downloaded OTA.

Zooming in and out is very easy.

Users can switch between satellite view / map view as well as 2D and 3D view.

Route finder feature of this software is also pretty useful.

Best part is, the route simulation, where the calculated route is rendered in 3D with voice guidance about turns and distances!

But this software eats up a lot of phone RAM making it slow.

Overall, the software is useful and can be downloaded at www.smart2go.com

 

Now about the maps:

Mumbai(Bombay) maps are in good detail. So are of Delhi and surprisingly of Pune(Poona)!

What comes as a bigger surprise and a turndown is that Maps of cities like Chennai , Hyderabad, Bangalore etc. do not have any details at all! Only the highways and some roads in those cities can be seen. We can hope that they will update those cities soon.

 

Here are some of the screen-shots:

Mumbai(Bombay) map on nokia:

Mumbai(Bombay) map on nokia

 

 

3D route simulation in Pune (Poone):

3D route simulation in Pune (Poone)

 

 

 

The barren Chennai map on Nokia Maps!

 

The barren Chennai map on Nokia Maps

 

 

** UPDATE : Related Post: How to add / download maps for Nokia Maps (Map Loader)

 

Watch Live TV on symbian v3 and other mobile phones! May 23, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — mobiletimes @ 8:37 am

Vimio (vimio.com) has this Live TV application that is worth a try.

TV on vimio live TV for symbian s60 v3

This screen-shot was taken on a low speed n/w (no EDGE/3G) using my E70. I have seen better quality when tried on EDGE n/w.

The voice quality is good. The channel list includes CNN, Sky News, Travel Channel etc.

Enjoy the idiot box on your phone till DVB-H becomes popular!

 

Nokia MapLoader now expands footprint, includes Indian maps May 21, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — mobiletimes @ 8:41 am

I have been really waiting for Nokia to cover the countries that matter to me. Thankfully, they have now included India in their maps software.

I am downloading them and plan to write more after giving them a test run.

Till then, heres a screenshot of the download..

Nokia MapLoader now exapands footprint, includes India

** UPDATE : Related Post: How to add / download maps for Nokia Maps (Map Loader)

 

TinyTube rocks! May 19, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — mobiletimes @ 6:24 pm

The search for on-demand mobile video entertainment seems to be best catered by a new wap site I recently stumbled upon. It is TinyTube.net. The name itself tells you what the site is about. In their own words “TinyTube provides search and video proxy services for mobile devices. It enables search and video playback from several major video sharing services .. .. ..etc. etc.“

Simply put: You can easily watch videos hosted on several major video sharing sites on your decent video equipped phone.

The site is very simple to use, fast, and well designed. On the home page, you enter the video to search for. Then you can select either one or all of the video sharing websites. Mind you, you tube is not on the list, but the long list which contains ‘Break, Dailymotion, Filecabinate, Google, Grouper, Metacafe, Myspace, Veoh’ should make up for it.

Here is a screen shot when I searched for “Shrek third”

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I have so far searched for a lot of videos and the results have never disappointed me.

Every video can be downloaded in low or high resolution. If your phone supports RealPlayer and Real Streaming, then you can even watch that video in streaming – just the youtube way.

 

Formal Analysis:

 

The problem:

Youtube and other video streaming websites are a big hit, but even the best phones do not yet have sufficient Flash Player support to watch them streaming. Even when the support will be available, mass market will still remain bandwidth limited making it hard to stream.

Youtube has a mobile version but offers very limited set of pre-converted videos on it.

 

 

The solution:

TinyTube converts the videos on these sites to low bandwidth hungry 3GP and Real format. These two formats are widely supported by handsets.

As it supports Real streaming, user need not wait for the video to get downloaded.

 

The extra advantage:

While achieving all this, TinyTube has also become the one stop destination for search and watch for several major video sharing sites.

 

Possible hiccups:

The obvious legal problems!

I hope TinyTube is able to explain the video sharing sites that ‘mobile video delivery market is largely underserved. TinyTube gives them an important channel to deliver their content to the HUGE mobile market. TinyTube and the original video host can share advertisement revenue .. .. etc. etc.’

Secondly, I could never get the Real streaming working!

I will be following this up with TinyTube and see if the problem is on my side or theirs.

 

On the whole, they have got them selves a new fan – me!

 

The possible future:

Buyout by big player due to their technology advantage. Buyout, if they get a large userbase and popularity.

Or, legal battles!

 

Let me know what you think about this article – comments are most welcome!

Thank you!

 

Hello world! April 10, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — mobiletimes @ 2:04 pm

Welcome to ‘MOBILE TIMES’

What you can expect on this blog:

- Technical and juicy page 3 news from Mobile World!

- Phone and application reviews.

Special preference will be given to Smart Phones, Symbian, E-Series, E70.

If you are planning to buy a phone, you are most welcome to put me a review request. I will be very happy to help you decide on a phone. In the comments section, just put in your expectations from the phone and the models you are considering. I will review them for you!

 

 
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